S2 Bolt Action Pistol Review

When joined Ibles, I knew that I didn't have any guns ready to upload, so, I decided to post some reviews, being that I already had some  guns built. The S2 pistol by  Sharir1701 seemed to be a logical choice, so I grabbed some blue rods did a little bit of testing. Please realize that even though I have just joined the site, I have a wide range of experience with knex guns, such as the ZKAR, TR8, Racker Rifle, and many of Red Book of Westmarch's replicas. In this review I am not going to do the ratings on a scale of one to ten, because Knex guns differ so much. Say you have a gun that shoots 70 feet. You give it a eight out of ten, because that is great range. However, the SRV3 shoots 500 feet, so 70 feet is NOT eight out of ten any more. Due to that, a truly honest review would rate even very nice guns quite low, due to the fact something will probably is better. If you don't understand this, that is OK, because I do, and I am the one writing the review. Also note that this one has Sharir's pin guide holder thingy. Anyway, let's jump right into the review!

Frankly, this gun does not live up to Sharir's claim of 100+ feet. I only got 65-70 angled using two size 117 bands, which is still great range for any gun. Sharir says that it will only get that range with three bands. Sometime ago, I used 3 and did not 100 feet. I don't remember what exactly I got with three, but I am sure it didn't get past 75-80 feet.

This is one of the gun's good points. Knex bolt actions don't have a great reputation for being reliable, but the S2 works nice and smooth. When I decided to review the pistol, I thought it would be nice to test the reliability and give ya'll the numbers. Here they are.
I put the gun through two hundred rounds, and it had: 3 failures to fire, 4 failures to load, the pin guide broke twice, the bolt broke once, and the chambering rod popped out of the bolt twice. Now this sounds REALLY bad. However, the pin guide issues, the chambering rod issues and the failures to load were my fault.  The pin guide and chambering rods broke when I was jerking the bolt back too vigorously, and the rounds that wouldn't load were because I was manually  chambering the round, instead of having a return band chamber it. after I added the band, no trouble.

Now this is one part I didn't really test. It charges slower then a ZKAR, but faster then most pin guns. It is good enough for most uses in a Knex war.

Pretty comfortable. The handle is quite good, and I think it would be even better for someone with larger hands then mine. The problem is that there is not really a good place for your other hand to go except for the magazine, which doesn't make the best handle. To be truthful, it is kinda awkward to hold. It is too big for a pistol, but doesn't have a stock like a rifle. (Ok, you COULD use the pin guide holder as a stock, but it doesn't work that well)

The gun is fine when it comes to these. There are several recommend, but you only need one cut gray rod for the chambering rod.

This is an awesome gun. not too many pieces,  looks kinda cool, and is fairly accurate. The ammo is blue rods, and i have a couple hundred of those, so it works great for me. Range seems about right, and it is very fun to shoot. In a war it would do pretty good, but the ammo is hard to find in the grass. The mag is a bit small, holding around 13 rods due to the mag pusher taking up quite a bit of space in the mag. This, a TR8, and a ZKAR would make a fine war arsenal.

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myOmy2 years ago

Very nice.

CorgiCritter (author)  myOmy2 years ago

Thank you, I am going to start on a review for Red's old PDR today.

Go ahead if you want anyway, but I asked him to remake a PDR not too long ago. Been planning on improving it with him. His old one was based on a design I made long ago that was entirely off scale.

LOL, and I pretty much failed at getting you a better one. LOL, I tried, once, and havent tried again. ;)

That's fine. In the mean time I've gotten a new job and moved in with a friend. He bought a house that we're moving into in a month and I'll have more time to build then. I've been meaning to get an airsoft PDR anyway and I'll easily be able to afford it by then. So the plan was I'd probably just get it and then start building a K'nex PDR based right off the model in my hands.

CorgiCritter (author)  TheDunkis2 years ago

I already have the words for the review written, I just need to upload pictures. I know that you want him to remake the PDR, but I already had this built, and there is no knowing if Red's will work out. It probably will if he has the time.

Fair enough. Maybe you can post another/update your old review if he ever does get to it.

CorgiCritter (author)  TheDunkis2 years ago


Really good review layout, you should defiantly make all your review as instructables so you will actually some get views to count towards you total amount on your account. I would always add a few more pictures if you can

CorgiCritter (author)  Zombiekiller-932 years ago

Thanks, man. I will try doing them as instructable in the future. I can add more pictures to my next review, it was just that I was rushing to post this and I didn't upload all the pictures I had.